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Yahoo sexual harassment case involves two females

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A former Yahoo employee is suing a Yahoo executive for sexual harassment. Both employees of the technology firm are females, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday. In the case, a high-level female executive at Yahoo Inc. is being sued in California by a female who worked under her authority. In the lawsuit, the executive is being sued for sexual harassment as well as wrongful termination of the employee’s job. The suit was filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in San Jose, California on July 8.

Specifically, Nan Shi – who worked as a principal software engineer since February 2013 – is suing Maria Zhang, a senior director of engineering at Yahoo Mobile. In the lawsuit’s complaint, it is alleged that Zhang coerced Shi to have oral and digital sex on a number of occasions in Sunnyvale, California. The allegations also assert that Zhang told Shi that she would have a bright future at Yahoo if she had sex with her. The lawsuit, which names Yahoo as a defendant, seeks monetary as well as punitive damages for Shi.

According to CNN Money, Shi’s lawyers said that the two women never had an intimate relationship before the harassment began. Yahoo has responded to the allegations. A representative of the firms says that there is absolutely no basis or truth to the allegations against Maria Zhang. According to the tech company, Zhang is an exemplary Yahoo executive and they intend to fight vigorously to clear her name.

In the case, Shi is claiming that Zhang unfairly downgraded her performance reviews for the second and third quarters of last year. Also, the lawsuit claims that Yahoo Inc.’s human resources personnel would not conduct an investigation into the matter when Shi made complaints to human resources about Zhang’s alleged advances towards her. According to the complaint in the case, Shi was put on unpaid leave and then terminated from her position rather than having the situation investigated.